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Performer: Aigul Akhmetshina

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ZürichIl barbiere di Siviglia

© Herwig Prammer
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
George Petrou; Johannes Pölzgutter; Zurich Opera; Aigul Akhmetshina; Alasdair Kent; Konstantin Shushakov; Dean Murphy
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A stylish Fledermaus lifts spirits in Tokyo

Astrid Kessler (Rosalinde) and Daniel Schmutzhard (Eisenstein) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo

A welcome touch of Austrian end of year festivities in Tokyo as Heinz Zednik's popular production of Die Fledermaus is revived. 

****1
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Pappano leads The Royal Opera's return to action

Aigul Akhmetshina © Royal Opera House
After a few streamed events with chamber forces, the full orchestra and chorus returned to the House – albeit not in their usual positions – for an entertaining fundraising gala.
****1
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The Queen of Spades plays her cards right in Naples

Misha Didyk (Hermann) and Anna Nechaeva (Lisa) © Luciano Romano e Francesco Squeglia
Willy Decker does not try to make the structure of the plot any clearer, mainly concentrating on the deeper meaning of the work. The cast was excellent.
*****
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Man of La Mancha: Don Quichotte at Wexford

Goderdzi Janelidze (Don Quichotte) and Ólafur Sigurdarson (Sancho Panza) © Clive Barda
A terrific opening to the 68th festival with Aigul Akhmetshina's sultry Dulcinée the standout in a great cast. 
****1
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A Diva playing a Diva: Adriana Lecouvreur in Berlin

Michelangelo Mazza, Yusif Eyvazov (Maurizio) and  Anna Netrebko (Adriana Lecouvreur) © Bettina Stöß
Anna Netrebko triumphs at the Deutsche Oper in a concert performance of Cilea’s masterpiece, under the baton of Michelangelo Mazza.
****1
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JPYA unite for a golden afternoon at Covent Garden

Il barbiere di Siviglia; Dominic Sedgwick (Figaro) © ROH 2019 | Clive Barda
The young singers spin any raw material into opera gold, sending the audience home as uplifted as if they’d just glugged a bellyful of Pimm’s.
****1
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